Local Experience, marketing, negotiation and excellent customer service are crucial factors in deciding who will be your Tampa Bay Realtor.
Deciding on the wrong agent could end up costing you thousands on the transaction, so vetting agents up front before hiring them to list your Tampa Bay home for sale is important.
1. Local – You will need someone that is local and can be on location for marketing, showings and inspections. A local brokerage will also help to support local business, rather than corporate franchise conglomerates. Another benefit is to look if the brokerage is providing local jobs, using local vendors and donating to local charities.
2. Marketing – Find out how the agency is showing up online and how their reviews are. Look at how they are promoting their current listings. How do their listings look? Is the photography good? Is it promoted on social media?
3. Negotiations – How does the agent negotiate with you on your terms? This is a tell of how the negotiation will go with your buyer on the transaction. Qualify them by asking about how they handle offers, counter offers, inspection repairs, etc. This will help you to determine if they are a savvy, experienced negotiator or someone you would not want to do business with.
4. Customer Service – Get a feel for the type of customer service you will receive. Are they easy to get a hold of? Do they use your preferred communication type? Do they follow up? You will need an agent that us looking out for your best interests when listing your Tampa Bay home for sale.